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Another interim title fight booked for UFC 236

Two interim title fights are now set for UFC 236.

Dana White told ESPN on Friday that Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title will be the main event of UFC 236. The pay-per-view is taking place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, April 13.

Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya facing off for the interim middleweight title is also scheduled for UFC 236.

The Nevada Athletic Commission announced last month that Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current UFC lightweight champion, had been suspended for nine months (retroactive to October 6, 2018) for his role in the brawl that went down after his fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 229. The suspension could have been reduced by three months if Nurmagomedov participated in an anti-bullying PSA.

White told ESPN that Tony Ferguson was offered the interim lightweight title fight against Holloway but turned it down.

Holloway currently holds the UFC featherweight championship, most recently defending the title against Brian Ortega in December.

Poirier last defeated Eddie Alvarez in July 2018. He was scheduled to face Nate Diaz at UFC 230 in November, but the matchup fell through after Poirier suffered an injury.

"A lot of people blamed me for the whole Nate thing, but nobody knows what really happened besides the UFC, their lawyers, Nate's management and my management," Poirier said in an interview with ESPN. "Nate was playing games. He pulled out of that fight multiple times. I had an injury and it turned into the perfect time to get it fixed."

Prior to the announcement of him facing Holloway, Poirier had been expressing dissatisfaction with his situation in the UFC. He tweeted this Wednesday: "These guys should just release me."

Poirier submitted Holloway in the first round when they fought in 2012.